November 7, 2012 |
It started out as an inside gag, a bit of dadaist prankster wordplay. When Café Tacuba began thinking about a title for its new album, the Mexican alt-rock band opted to pay tongue-in-cheek tribute to the shape-shifting Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Thus was born "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco," which in English translates as "The Object Previously Called a Record," the band's first studio release in five years. "It was a joke," says José Rangel, a.k.a. Joselo, the band's lead guitarist and sometime vocalist, speaking by phone in Spanish.
October 22, 2012 |
On "De Este Lado Del Camino," the third track from their new album, Café Tacuba celebrates the art of creative meandering. "From this side of the street, without looking for any destination / and although the design isn't very clear," lead singer Rubén Albarrán intones in Spanish, his gravelly honeyed tenor guiding the rhythm section through a gathering storm of ethereal keyboard chords on its leisurely sojourn. Unhurried and unworried about the trail ahead, but sure of its ultimate purpose: that artistic approach has defined the Mexico City quartet and helped it endure for two decades as one of alt-Latin rock's most popular and influential acts.
October 19, 2012 |
Fans of classic disco and early electronic dance music have reason to rejoice: The respected and innovative Italian producer Giorgio Moroder has started offering classic rarities via his new Soundcloud page. Moroder, 72, is best known for his work with Donna Summer during her rise in the 1970s. He helped launch her career and composed an important proto-techno song in her "I Feel Love. " But beneath that towering achievement, the producer crafted dozens of influential -- if lesser-known -- tracks that have made their way into superstar DJ mixes over the years.
September 30, 2012 |
PARIS -- Madonna, Annie Lennox, Boy George, Grace Jones and David Bowie were on the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier's spring-summer 2013 collection shown Saturday night during Paris Fashion Week. Well, sort of. Fashion's original enfant terrible, whose amazing museum retrospective, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk To Catwalk" was in San Francisco earlier this year, decided to pay homage to his favorite 1980s-era music style icons, many of whom he dressed back in the day, with his spring collection.
July 28, 2012 |
Two dozen near-forgotten veterans of Colombia'smusical golden age gathered earlier this year in a Medellín studio - the same place they made those old hits of the '60s and '70s. But this time around they were joined by younger artists and, co-directing the whole thing, a hipster English producer. Amid the mix of old and new sounds were gaitas and champetas drawing on styles from Colombia's Pacific and Atlantic coastal regions, beat-boxing by the youngest participant (percussionist Chongo, 25)
July 10, 2012 |
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it's getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer's GalleristNY blog. Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem.
May 31, 2012
MOVIES Before Wes Anderson's films examined the preppy-adjacent struggles of upper middle class young people, Whit Stillman walked a similar beat in '80s with witty films such as "Barcelona," "Metropolitan" and the third of his self-described "Doomed Bourgeois in Love" trilogy, "Last Days of Disco," which screens at the Cinefamily with the writer-director on hand. Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and bone-dry scene-stealer Chris Eigeman star in an unironic, funny and even moving depiction of coming of age in the privileged class while sparing the easy, '70s cliches.
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May 21, 2012 |
Robin Gibb, a singer and songwriter who joined two of his brothers in forming the Bee Gees pop group that helped define the sound of the disco era with the best-selling 1977 soundtrack to"Saturday Night Fever," has died. He was 62. Gibb died Sunday after battling cancer and while recuperating from intestinal surgery, family spokesman Doug Wright announced. This spring Gibb had been hospitalized in London with advanced colorectal cancer. He had intestinal surgery in March and, after contracting pneumonia, was unable to attend the April 10 premiere in London of "The Titanic Requiem," a classical composition he wrote with his son, Robin-John, to coincide with the 100th anniversary observance of the luxury ocean liner's sinking.
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May 18, 2012 |
In 1975, Donna Summer released a pop single unlike any before it. The singer, then an unknown in the U.S., was living in Germany and working with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and lyricist Pete Bellotte. Together they came up with a breathy, minimalist number that sounded flagrantly sexy. Summer's coos acted as musical erotica atop a simple, four-on-the-floor drum beat. "Love to Love You Baby," all 17 minutes of it, set a template that would ignite Summer's career, and a style that defined an era: disco.
May 17, 2012 |
It's been decades since Donna Summer ruled the airwaves. But her loyal followers made clear Thursday morning that she was still the Queen of Disco. Summer, 63, died early Thursday morning, reportedly following a protracted battle with cancer. Her family issued a statement that said, in part: "While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.